Question about the Nefertiti Piercing

I received this message from a woman interested in getting a dangerous genital piercing:

 

Dear Elayne,

I have been looking into a piercing for quite a while now, but it is a rather rare one. I have asked two different piercers about it and was refered to you.

 

I am told that you are one of the best and can give me the best opinion/advice. While looking at genital piercings, I saw a Nefertiti and I am now set on it. It is a combination of a christina and a vertical hood. I need to know what you think of it and who you would recommend.

 

I am 98% positive I have correct anatomy for it however they were both concerned about a flexible bar and the  fact that it is so long. My friends mom is an OR nurse and looked into the bar and said it was alright. If you could look into it I would greatly appreciate it. I have done some of my own before and could attempt it but am worried about getting it straight and the correct needle and would rather have a professional do it.

 

I know you are probably busy but this would mean a lot to me as it is my "dream" piercing. If you could either tell me what your opinion is or give me a number and times I could reach you it would be awesome. If you do not want to I understand, but would like to know that so I am not waiting for a reply. Thank you very much for your time.

 

Sincerely, Z

Hi Z.,

Thanks for your email.

 

The reason I don't cover the Nefertiti or the Isabella piercings on my webpage is because I don't do them; I consider them too risky. (I do however, have an actual clitoris piercing, and will do those on women who are anatomically suited. I say this by way of explaining that it isn't just the intensity of the piercing itself that is my concern.)

 

The Piercing Bible Featured

The subject of body jewelry as it relates to airport security was discussed on the Travelite Blog. This is what it said by way of introducing me as the expert quoted in the article:
One person who would know is professional body piercer Elayne Angel. Elayne is not only covered in various forms of ink and metal herself, but she is also one of the pioneers in professional body piercing, a field she personally helped expand decades ago. Elayne has served multiple terms on the board of the Association of Professional Piercers as an advocate for field safety, and her most recent project has been authoring The Piercing Bible, the definitive guide for consumers and professional body piercers.
Check it out. There's lots of great information througout the site, and if you travel, be assured you'll find plenty of great tips and ideas.

Library Book

The Piercing Bible is essentially a reference book and, as such, it certainly belongs in libraries. I think it should be available in ALL community libraries, and definitely in all college and university libraries too--especially for schools that deal with medical specialties such as nursing schools. Here is a resource so you can check to see if it is in your local library! So far it shows that The Piercing Bible is in 80 libraries.

The Powerful Prince Albert Piercing

I received this message from a reader on my Facebook page. How amazing to hear that getting his Prince Albert piercing has drastically changed his self-esteem and perception of his body!
After doing a lot of reading and talking my co-worker Nycole, I decided to pierce my PA. (This was her first.) Much of the information we read and studied came from you. This piercing has drastically changed my personal opinion on my body view. Your work means so much to me and even more so now. Thank you 1000 times over.
It is so validating to my work to get feedback like this (though I want to reiterate that the book is not intended as a "how-to-pierce" guide).

Great Feedback

I just received this wonderful feedback from a reader on my Facebook page:

Hello Elayne, i have always been into body piercings and moodification since i was 14, i have had many done and always dreamed of being a piercer when i was older, i am now 23 and i have been offered an apprenticeship with a professional piercer in my home town. Your book was recommended to me by a friend's mother who is a nurse. I have read it twice now and just wanted to thank you for releasing an informative educational guide for piercees, piercers or people who are generally interested in body piercing. Keep up the good work and i hope many more books are sold.

B & N Review--5 Stars!

I found a great review of The Piercing Bible on the Barnes and Noble website. It was posted July 4, 2009
"This is a must have for those who take piercings seriously, as well as a guide for the professional piercer. If you want to understand the dynamics of the whole piercing process, then this is the book for you. Varies as a guidance book which provides some history of various piercings as well as what to expect before , during and after."
The reviewer gave it 5 stars in EACH of the following categories!
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Originality
  • Balance
  • Interior Images
And said, IT IS:
  • Enlightening
  • Provocative
  • Thrilling
  • Absorbing
  • Intellectual Stimulation
  • Topical Conversation
Good stuff!

On Piercing Books

The Piercing Bible got a mention on this blog forum today. A poster asked:
"Growing an interest in body piercing, and looking for more information on it so i can practice it. Anyone know or recommend any books that can teach me?"
An excellent response was given that began:
"YOU CANNOT LEARN TO PIERCE SIMPLY BY READING A BOOK. There is so much to know, like bloodborne pathogen certifications, anatomy, cross-contamination, sterilization, etc. If you want to learn to be a piercer, you must apprentice under a knowledgeable, experienced professional."
And ended:
"....and a great book to read is The Piercing Bible by Elayne Angel."

AMAZING!

I just checked the Amazon.com page for The Piercing Bible and I was thrilled and amazed to see that the figure has gone up: of the web surfers who visit that page, 97% of them purchase a copy of my book!! I've watched it on a weekly basis (okay, maybe even more frequently, I'll admit) to see whether the numbers were heading up or down. They have gone up, up, up! I spoke to the sales manager at my publisher, and she said that is completely unheard of in book sales. Yay, The Piercing Bible!
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